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Anya Hindmarch Guest-Curates Sotheby's Contemporary Art Sale

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 19 September 2016
You’ll know Anya Hindmarch for her covetable accessories range, but the leading fashion designer is also an avid art lover and collector. Putting her passion and knowledge to task, the world-renowned auction house, Sotheby’s in London, invited Hindmarch to guest-curate their Contemporary Curated sale to coincide with London Fashion Week.

“I love the way Contemporary Curated brings together a new audience and allows people to look at a very personal edit – it’s an amazing opportunity to be able to pick what you really love and really respond to,” said the London-based designer about her experience of selecting some of art’s biggest names for the auction.

Amongst Hindmarch’s selection is an energetic neon pink Keith Haring estimated at a red-hot £200,000-£300,000, a contemplative and sombre Anish Kapoor estimated at a cool £10,000-£15,000 and an exquisite tiny yet perfectly formed Tracey Emin estimated at a mere £2,000-£3,000.

Below, Anya Hindmarch gives us a little insight into why she chose particular works.

Keith Haring

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1982 © Sotheby's
Keith Haring, Untitled, 1982 | © Sotheby's

“The Keith Haring is such a vibrant piece that you can really spend time looking at closely, absorbing all the energy and joy in the wonderfully mesmerising graphics. It’s very unapologetic – I love neon pink and the fluidity of the paint which makes it so immediate and exciting.”

Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky, Gardasee, 1986-93 © Sotheby's
Andreas Gursky, Gardasee, 1986-93 | © Sotheby's

“This photograph makes you really look twice – it’s quite surreal and deceptive which really draws you in – the more you look the more you become captivated by the artist’s investigations into photography.”

Eddie Peake

Eddie Peake, Tomboy 1, 2012 © Sotheby's
Eddie Peake, Tomboy 1, 2012 | © Sotheby's

“I think the playfulness f this painting really appeals to me because we play a lot obviously with fashion and the smiley face is one of the our signifying pieces. It feels contemporary and vibrant and it’s a complete show-stopper in a room – I love it.”

Thomas Ruff

Thomas Ruff, h.t.b. 02, 1999 © Sotheby's
Thomas Ruff, h.t.b. 02, 1999 | © Sotheby's

“I like the way the photograph is rather nostalgic to the period of the architecture and that the colours are beautifully played with which is rather lovely. The scale is also wonderfully impressive – I could happily live with that.”

Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin, Selfie 1, 2004 © Sotheby's
Tracey Emin, Selfie 1, 2004 | © Sotheby's

“I love that this work is called selfie as well as being a bit naughty – and what’s not to love about Tracey! She’s fantastic, there’s a spirit about this picture which is very captivating.”

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei, Fairytale - 1001 Chairs, Qing dynasty wooden chair © Sotheby's
Ai Weiwei, Fairytale – 1001 Chairs, Qing dynasty wooden chair | © Sotheby's

“I love the thinking behind everything Ai Weiwei does – its always political, it’s always strong. His emphasis on the traditions of craftsmanship is something that really appeals to me. This particular project exploring cultural and geographical displacement is beautifully transcended through this everyday object.”

Contemporary Curated exhibition is on at Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London, September 16-19.
The sale is on September 20.